Nintendo’s 3DS has been the talk of the town ever since Nintendo held that big press conference in Japan in which they revealed the release date and price point for the highly anticipated handheld. The $300 price point and the February 2011 release date have been the focal point in the past week, but soon the dust will settle on that news and all we’ll have to sink our teeth into will be the delicious lineup of Grade-A titles coming to the handheld.

We’ve seen trailers and photos of a select few 3DS games in action, but we are still left wondering just how great these awesome looking titles will be. Game Rant is going to do you one better though, out of all of these awesome looking games which are we most anticipating? Yep, you know what time it is readers — time for another Top 5! We’ve taken an internal poll and have come up with our top five most anticipated games coming to the next gen handheld. There are so many great titles that it’s extremely difficult to pick just five, regardless, the task is done so please enjoy our top five most anticipated 3DS games.

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition

Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition is going to be one of the flagship titles for the 3DS. Capcom has worked incredibly hard to make use of the 3DS’s connectivity by utilizing the built-in wifi and ‘Street Pass’. If you haven’t seen the trailer for Street Fighter IV 3D Edition then you need to, because it will blow your mind. The ‘Street Pass’ functionality of the 3DS allows players that simply walk by each other on the way to work to enter battle with the game’s collectable trophies.

The beauty about ‘Street Pass’ battles is that you don’t even need Street Fighter in your 3DS, the game will automatically collect data from other players who have the game and make the trophies fight each other. Interacting with others this way unlocks new trophies and levels up the ones you have, so you will be better prepared for the next fool who attempts to walk by you with a 3DS in their pocket. The game also has wifi battles so that you and a friend can bring on the ‘vs.’ action from other parts of the world.

Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle

The Professor Layton series has been phenomenal on the DS, and we expect nothing less from the upcoming 3DS installment Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle. We love the mind bending puzzles and overall story in every one of the Professor Layton games, and the addition of a 3DS installment to the series promises to take the game to new levels.

All we really know about Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle is that it will take place during some kind of carnival and people are turning to stone. Sounds like quite the conundrum for Layton and his trusty sidekick Luke, but we have faith in them. It’s not like they’ve let us down before! If you haven’t already then you should check out the trailer for the upcoming puzzle-extraordinaire, because parades in 3D have never made as much sense as it does in this trailer.

Paper Mario 3DS

Honestly, who didn’t love the RPG mechanics found in the first two Paper Mario games? Mario will be skipping that platforming stuff he attempted on the Wii and will be returning to form with the classic RPG formula that made the first two so memorable. When you stop to think about it, Paper Mario makes so much sense in a 3D environment, and will allow the pop-up landscape known in the series to literally pop-up and out of the screen.

Not too much is known about Paper Mario 3DS, but we do know how Nintendo plans on spicing up the traditional formula. The new addition is not at all surprising, but for those of you who are easily excited, it may shock you to your very bones — stickers. Yes, for the first time ever Paper Mario will incorporate stickers into the gameplay. These stickers can be used to determine outcomes of battles and open up new pathways. The more stickers a player collects the more the world opens up. It’s not a terrible concept in the least and that’s why, on top of many other reasons, Paper Mario 3DS lands the number three spot.

Mega Man Legends 3

Mega Man Legends 3 is finally coming and it will only be available on the Nintendo 3DS. That’s all you need to read and realize why it’s in our top five. The game has been heavily requested for years now and now that Capcom has decided to give the franchise one last attempt fan boys and girls have been jumping with joy and are already saving up $300 to throw down on the system.

Very little is known about Mega Man Legends 3 other than the fact that is does exist. One thing that was mentioned upon its official announcement was the fact that fans would be able to help developers with the creation process. More details are expected to be announced on that at New York Comic-Con in a few short weeks. The game may still be a little while off, but at least we can build some unimaginable hype before the game hits store shelves.

Kid Icarus Uprising

Year after year we waited for news on an updated Kid Icarus, and at this year’s E3 we finally got it. This is a sequel to a game that originally came out on the NES, and rumors grew about the revival of the character after he made an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Oddly enough, the man behind Kid Icarus: Uprising, Sakurai, made Super Smash Bros., so he will be revisiting the character he essentially reinvented. Oh and he made Kirby, but you probably already knew that.

The game returns players to the role of the main protagonist, Pit. The evil Medusa has returned and brought her army with her and it’s up to Pit to drive the opposing forces back. Pit will take to the skies with the power of Palutena and battles foes on the ground as well. The trailer looked phenomenal at E3 and we can’t wait to get our hands on this game. If you got frustrated with the original title’s difficulty level then you’ll be happy to know that Nintendo has toned that down so you may actually be able to beat this one. Kid Icarus is finally back and it looks even better than we could have imagined.

That’s the end of our top five most anticipated titles. There were plenty of other games that made the honorable mention list such as Resident Evil: Revelations, Mario Kart 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Kingdom Hearts 3DS, and Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3DS. The 3DS is still awhile away and we can’t wait to get ahold of the awesomeness that is the 3DS. There are some other game that we would like to make an appearance , but for now we are quite content with the 3DS’s official offerings.

What do you think of Game Rant’s list? What Nintendo 3DS games are in your top five?

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